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He wrote each story so that every character’s life had this feeling of insignificance, and every ending had a feeling of hopelessness. I decided to read duvlineses as I wanted a short and simple way into Joyce’s work.

Dublineses / Dubliners

Just when I was getting into the story, it ended and the next one began. Even the characters are unpleasant or uninteresting.

I felt as if there should be more of a connection that just hopelessness and dead-ends, perhaps a WHY explanation to this feeling of hopelessness. I also didn’t feel that there was enough connection between the stories. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. KearneyKathleen KearneyMr. But Dublibeses, more often than not, get engulfed in this inevitable expectation web that comes along with reading a celebrated author for the very first time.

I have to dublieses that although I understand the value of the volume and its structure, I did not like it. In he entered the University College, Dublin. Open Preview See a Problem?

It was a pleasure to listen to him. Maybe soon I’ll finally reread Ulysses and see what reaction I have to that as an adult.

I raise the bar way too much or perhaps, fall short of grasping the finer details sparkling underneath. I already don’t care much for slice-of-life human-condition type fiction, but the fact that it’s Joyce makes it just that tiny bit worse. To me, the characters seemed to be quite unaware of their shortcomings, or their contribution to a dreadful outcome, such as in “A Painful Case”. Joyce and his canon of literary works are part of the DNA, even today.

I think its more the latter than the former and wearing my optimist hat, let me foresee a day when my judgement will get refined with more reading! Joyce’s technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue; he used a complex network of symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions. This was disappointing, because I had so much enjoyed and connected with Portrait of an Artist.


I feel like I should have appreciated this book more, and I can appreciate how important it was at the time, but it just really wasn’t for me. Combine these editions 2 16 Jun 20, I seem to have missed them: WordSmitten This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ For Joyce, time closely connects the local population to the quantity of liquid flowing at the village pub.

To ask other readers questions about Dublinesesplease sign up. The writing style isn’t anything special in any way either.

I didn’t get along with most of the stories. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves.

Books by James Joyce. Another one I haven’t gotten around to finishing for some unknown reason, and it isn’t even a long book. Add ACE info and make author name correction.

How does Joyce answer the age-old question, “What time is it?

Dublineses / Dubliners by Joyce, James

I chose the Dubliners because I knew I would never have the will and patience to finish Ulysses. Some of the stories were good, “The Dead” for instance. But, it just isn’t representative of the Joyce that I love. This book just wasn’t doing it for me. I found this novel to be tedious and slow. But at the end of the day, why would you read these things when you could read Henry James stories, which are better written, more intelligent, and not so obviously transcriptions of something that, you know, happened to me the other day on my way to the Liffey?

The first two stories in this book failed to capture me, and I was worried I would become switched off and complacent for the rest of the book.


Dublineses by James Joyce (2 star ratings)

They didn’t really make me feel anything and I found Joyce’s writing style a bit bland. I tend to love Neil Gaiman’s shorts, for instance. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns.

I am aware that capturing the feeling of the ordinary lives of the 20th century Dublin was precisely the authors intention but to me it was just boring.

Lists with This Book. On a sentence by sentence basis, with extreme focus, there’s some excellent description here, as well as frequent depictions of nicely rounded characters in narrow space, but on a paragraph and story level, Joyce gets stuck noticing things of unlikely interest, slowing dublieses the story to the point that your eyes may will glaze over. I always feel a bit bad when I rate a classic very low, but I just could not get into this collection of short stories.

Dublinesez that meant I would easily get into the stories, right? KernanGabriel Conroy It’s one of the great story collections in the English language–a brilliant, unflinching, often tragic portrait of early 20th-century Dublin. At least the stories are short though The Dead is pushing it and there aren’t too many of them.

Having said that, I liked most of the stories and loved the 4th, “Evelyn”. It bore me terribly. Felt very sexist at times. Yes it was interesting to see how the people of Dublin lived at that time, but I would have preferred to have one huge story dublkneses not so many novellas.

Choicest anecdotes and sprightly characters intersperse the random pickings from the city of Dublin and the city’s rather simple lifestyle.